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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

286 YOUTH CONVERGE IN LITTLE ROCK TO FIX HOUSES FOR AREA RESIDENTS

World Changers Organization Returns To Little Rock For Third Summer

(Tuesday, June 24, 2008) – Summer vacation may mean catching some rays for a lot of youth, but for the 286 youth who are here in Little Rock this week, the time they are spending in the sun is hard work. They are part of World Changers, Inc. and are here to make repairs to twenty-five (25) Little Rock houses.

“I welcome the World Changers youth and sponsors to Little Rock,” said Little Rock City Director Joan Adcock. “Thank you for sharing of yourself.”

According to the Director Adcock, CDBG and Housing staff have been working with World Changers for the past several months to select houses, meet with homeowners, develop work plans, select and order materials and supplies, and plan the logistics of providing housing, meals, and transportation for the group.

The homes were selected from applications taken in response to newspaper advertisements. World Changers volunteers will replace roofs, paint the homes, and make minor exterior repairs as needed. The City has committed $50,000 in CDBG funds to purchase materials and supplies for the project.

World Changers, Inc., is a non-profit, faith-based organization that has a 19-year history of service to communities throughout the country. Over 280 volunteers arrived in Little Rock on June 21st for a week-long stay to make repairs to the homes of 25 low-income elderly homeowners. The visitors will be on-site at the houses June 23- 27.

The volunteers are housed at J.A. Fair Magnet School during their stay in Little Rock. Noon meals for the volunteers are being sponsored each day by area churches. On Wednesday afternoon, the volunteers will have free time to explore the City.

Historically, World Changers commits several years to a community. This is the third year that World Changers have come to Little Rock. This year, they are concentrating on houses in Ward 2. In past years, they have focused on houses in Ward 1 and Ward 6.

“Partnerships like this are important,” said City Manager Bruce T. Moore. “Using the community volunteers helps us leverage the CDBG monies to serve more citizens. The City has been pleased to work with World Changers in the past and looks forward to continuing this partnership well into the future.”


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